March 4, 2013
AUCKLAND – The U-15 club teams of Onehunga Sports and Cashmere Technical will clash in a winner-takes-all New Zealand final in Christchurch this Sunday.
Last year Cashmere travelled to Melbourne to contest the Pacific Finals but in a change from previous years New Zealand only has one place in the regional climax of the global competition.
In 2011 Onehunga become the second ever New Zealand club to qualify for the global finals after Auckland’s Central United, who reached Manchester in 2007 and 2008.
Onehunga's class of 2011 featured several players now in the frame for selection in Darren Bazeley’s Young All Whites side in preparation for the OFC U-17 Championship in Vanuatu next month.
The winner of the Onehunga and Cashmere fixture will join six Australian state winners in Sydney on the weekend of 27 to 28 April.
On the pitch Cashmere needed extra time to defeat Capital Football's Western Suburbs 2-1 at Wakefield Park in Wellington.
Meanwhile, Onehunga continued their impressive recent form in the Manchester United Premier Cup edging Northern Football's Waitakere City and Waikato-BOP Football's Hamilton Wanderers at Bill McKinlay Park in Auckland.
Onehunga opened their campaign with a pair of 1-1 draws with Waitakere and Hamilton, before recording a 2-1 and 3-1 wins respectively in the reverse ties later in the day.
Previous Global Finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup have given the world its first glimpse of many of today’s superstars including Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Carlos Tevez (Manchester City). More recent graduates of the competition include England starlet Jack Wilshere who competed for Arsenal in 2007.
New Zealand Conference Finals (Results)